Purpose: Before now oral vinorelbine has not yet been tested in a cohort of elderly, advanced non-small cell lung cancer patients, even though the intravenous form of this drug provides a reasonable therapeutic option for this group. This trial was conducted to determine the tumor response rate and toxicity profile of oral vinorelbine in advanced non-small cell lung cancer patients ≥65 years of age. Patients and methods: Fifty-eight evaluable patients ≥65 years of age with advanced non-small cell lung cancer were enrolled. Median age was 73 years (range: 65-87). The Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance score was 0, 1, or 2 in 29, 59, and 12% of patients, respectively. All patients had adequate organ function. Oral vinorelbine 60mg/m2 per week was prescribed weekly as first-line therapy. Results: Two patients manifested a confirmed tumor response, yielding a response rate of 3.4% (95% confidence interval (CI): 0.4, 11.9%). There were no complete responses. Median progression-free survival was 3.5 months (95% CI: 2.2, 5.4 months), and median overall survival was 7.5 months (95% CI: 5.0, 12 months). There were five deaths, one of which might have been treatment-related, and there were 10 grade 4 events. Conclusions: Oral vinorelbine, as prescribed in this trial, provides minimal activity in the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer in patients ≥65 years of age.
- Lung cancer
- Oral chemotherapy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cancer Research